October 27, 2004

Who Newspaper Stories Impacted

All Newspapers National Newspapers Regional Newspapers
Politicians 67% 68% 64%
Citizens 26% 24% 31%
Interest Groups 6% 6% 5%
Other/N.A. 1% 2% 0%

The insider horse race focus of the debate coverage in 2004 is evident in who the stories talked about being impacted. Only about a quarter of newspaper stories focused on things that would directly affect citizens in the debates, such as policy positions.